Trayf

by Lindsay Joelle

Arts & Culture

Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out ‘Mitzvah Tank’ through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack until he must choose once and for all where he belongs.

Trayf is a staged reading of a new play by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Adam Lenson. 

‘Joelle's comedy is easygoing and confident, and her people have soul.’ - Washington Post

‘[Joelle] is able to dive into issues such as faith, identity, friendship, and purpose, with a clarity and introspection rarely seen onstage.’ – BroadwayWorld

Lindsay Joelle is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Plays include Trayf (Theater J, Penguin Rep), The Garbologists (EST/Sloan Commission), A Small History of Amal, Age 7 (Forward Flux) and The Princess of Riverside Drive (libretto, Vital Theater). She was the 2018 National New Play Network writer-in-residence at Denver’s Curious Theatre and received the Rita Goldberg Award for Graduate Playwriting, Irving Zarkower Award, and Anne Freedman Grant. Her work has been developed at: PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Lark, The New Georges Jam, Luna Stage, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, and ESPA/Primary Stages. Alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Columbia University (BA), and Hunter (MFA) where she studied under the mentorship of Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit and Samuel D. Hunter. 
 

Casting:
ZALMY  Jos Slovick
SHMUEL  Elliott Ross
JONATHAN   Josh Sneesby
LEAH  Jill Winternitz

Adam Lenson is a director and dramaturg specialising in new and experimental musical theatre. Directing includes: The Rink (Southwark Playhouse), The Storm (Helios Collective/ENO),  Superhero (Southwark Playhouse), Lock and Key (Vault Festival), 35mm (The Other Palace), Whisper House (The Other Palace), Songs For A New World (St James Theatre, 20th Anniversary Production), The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), Disgraced (English Theatre Frankfurt), Dark Tourism (Park Theatre), Ghost : The Musical (GSA), See What I Wanna See (Jermyn Street Theatre), Reel Life (Ustinov Theatre Bath and St James Studio), The Goodbye Girl (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), West End Recast (Duke of York’s Theatre, Phoenix Theatre), Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios), Little Fish and Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), Come Fly With Me (Salisbury Playhouse), The Dead Guy (English Theatre Frankfurt) and The Family (Old Vic US/UK Exchange, Public Theater, NY). Adam is the founder of SIGNAL a quarterly residency at London’s Hospital Club that presents the best new experimental British musical theatre. He is a co-founder of the New Musical Development Collective which recently finished its first year’s writers lab at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He hosts and produces the podcast Dischord in which he discusses and debates musical theatre.

Jos Slovick
Theatre credits include: Brief Encounter (West End), Fiddler on the Roof and Love Story (Chichester Festival Theatre), Bad Jews (West End/ Tour), The Snow Queen (Nuffield Theatre), Once (West End), Lost in Yonkers (Watford Palace), The Secret Garden (Edinburgh/ Toronto), The Human Comedy (Young Vic), The Buddy Holly Story (Above the Gatehouse) and Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith). 

Concerts include: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Ambassadors Theatre) Soho Cinders (Queens Theatre) and Follies (Royal Albert Hall)

Screen work incudes: Les Miserables,  The Addicted and Howard’s End (BBC/ Amazon).

Elliott Ross
“Theatre: Queen Anne, Love for Love (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Frankenstein (Aquila Theatre US Tour), Sense & Sensibility (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), An Evening with Max Reinhardt (Salzburg Global Seminar), Jekyll & Hyde, A Christmas Carol (Pleasance London), Albee Vector the Sound Collector (Arcola), Civil Rogues, Seeing Double, Soho Storeys, A Grave Situation (Pleasance Edinburgh & London), New Years Eve 1928 (Salzburg Global Seminar), Arianna in Creta (London Handel Festival).

Television: CBeebies A Midsummer Night's Dream (BBC), Richard E Grant's Seven Deadly Sins (Sky 3D), The First Great Escape (Channel 5). 

Film: D-Day: First Hand (BBC Short), Room Tone (White Lodge Productions), Brief Intermission (Third Eye Productions)

Elliott will next be appearing in ‘Admissions’ at the Trafalgar Studios.

Jill Winternitz
Jill trained at RADA and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She can next be seen in Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s GOOD OMENS coming to Amazon Prime this spring. Jill played the lead roles in both ONCE, and DIRTY DANCING, in the West End. Other theatre includes: I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD, Finborough, DARK TOURISM, Park Theatre, A HANDFUL OF SOIL, Drayton Theatre, HAMLET, THE CANTERBURY TALES, Cunard. Film includes: 10X10, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, THE SORROWS. TV: DOCTOR WHO. 

Josh Sneesby
Theatre includes: The Hypocrite (The Royal Shakespeare Company/Hull Truck); Birthday Bash (The Royal Shakespeare Company); The Comedy Of Errors (National Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors (Adelphi Theatre/Haymarket); Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chichester Theatre);The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen (Theatr Clwyd/Paperfinch); These Trees Are Made Of Blood (Arcola and Southwark Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Béatrice Et Bénédict (Glyndebourne); The Wind In The Willows, The Legend Of King Arthur (York Theatre Royal); 24 Hour Plays (The Old Vic); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Pericles (Flute Theatre); El Mono Tentado (Lliure/UK tour); Here Be Monsters, The Santa Trap (Mayflower Productions); Bluebird (Bedlham, Edinburgh), Broken News (Pleasance Theatre). Josh is an Associate Artist with the National Youth Theatre and a Song Writer, Composer, and Music Producer with Sony ATV and BMG.

Film and Television includes: Atlantis (BBC), Paranormal Activity (Paramount Pictures), My Name Is Joe (Dower Productions), The Contract (Scanner-Rhodes).

Venue

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Add to Calendar 07/02/2019 19:30:00 07/02/2019 19:30:00 Trayf Zalmy lives a double life: by day, he’s the Rebbe’s loyal foot soldier, driving a tricked-out ‘Mitzvah Tank’ through NYC with his best friend Shmuel. By night, he sneaks away from his orthodox community to roller-skate, dance in discos and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man eager to be his student, the barrier between Zalmy’s two worlds starts to crack until he must choose once and for all where he belongs. Trayf is a staged reading of a new play by Lindsay Joelle, directed by Adam Lenson.  JW3 DD/MM/YYYY

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